“Above The Law”– Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 2/8/17

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After restoring sanity to every demoniac on the Psychiatric Ward, and cleansing the skin of every leper on the Infectious Disease floor, and discharging every patient in I.C.U., Jesus departed from his growing fame and the clutching crowds to a hilltop overlooking the Sea of Galilee. There, he invited his disciples to get comfortable on […]

“When God won’t Answer” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs 2/1/17

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After enduring decades of Babylonian exile, the Israelites finally return to their homeland expecting the Temple’s glorious restoration and a return to milk and honey.  But their easy fantasies of the Promised Land are quickly displaced by the hardships of Jerusalem. They get discouraged, then pessimistic, then self-centered.  They get completely absorbed in scuffing their […]

Wedding Homily for Thomas and Martha – 1/25/17 by Rev. Brian Combs

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Miracles are rare. They’re to be exercised with great discretion, only used for the most utilitarian of purposes.  The healing of a blind man who spent his life begging in the dark.  The exorcism of a demoniac chained up in a cemetery of solitary confinement. The raising of a little girl from the clutches of […]

“Say Something” – Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs 1/11/17

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A few years ago I visited a mega church.  10,000 plus members, sprawling campus, polished programming.  After worship, I met with the pastor and just listened.  He described his call story and then offered me some advice: “Ministry is a hustle.  You need to get a book deal, need to get on the preaching circuit, […]